Farm to Early Care & Education
What is Farm to Early Care & Education?
“Farm to early care and education (ECE) offers increased access to the … three core elements of local food sourcing, school gardens and food and agriculture education to enhance the quality of the educational experience in all types of ECE settings (e.g., preschools, child care centers, family child care homes, Head Start/Early Head Start, programs in K – 12 school districts). Farm to ECE offers benefits that parallel the goals and priorities of the early care and education community including emphasis on experiential learning opportunities, parent and community engagement and life-long health and wellness for children, families and caregivers.” – National Farm to School
Harvest of the Month Program
What should I expect each month?
Preschools & Daycare Facilities will:
- Locally source and menu the featured Harvest of the Month food at least twice per month in all participating locations.
- Utilize promotional materials including our beautiful Harvest of the Month posters, trading cards and “I tried it!” stickers each month.
- Share your experiences & activities with Mass. Farm to School and our community.
- Engage with families in your community by letting them know how you are implementing Farm to Early Care & Education activities into your program.
Massachusetts Farm to School will:
- Provide individualized technical assistance for sourcing the Harvest of the Month foods from local farms.
- Mail Harvest of the Month materials (including posters, trading cards, and stickers for each featured food) for display and distribution in each participating location.
- Provide monthly Harvest of the Month newsletters (which include recipes, activity ideas, and a Family Newsletter).
- Provide access to additional resources for curricular connections and home activities (including links to curriculum guides, home-scaled recipes, nutrition information, arts and crafts, taste testing activities, and more).
Promotional materials preview:
You can order posters, trading cards, and stickers when you sign up!
To sign up online, click here.
To download a paper form, click here.
Our Resources (Recipes & Activities)
September – Tomatoes
October – Pears
November – Kale
December – Carrots
January – Apples
February – Butternut Squash
March – Dairy
April – Potatoes
May – Seafood
June – Strawberries
July – Cucumbers
August – Peaches
- Growing Head Start Success (Nat’l Farm to School)
- A Roadmap to Farm to Early Care & Education (Nat’l Farm to School)
- Farm to Early Care Mini Webinar Series (Michigan State University)
- A Guide to Using The Creative Curriculum for Preschool to Support Farm-to-ECE Models (National Farm to School Network)
- Farm to Early Care, Addison County: A Brief Video Outlining Farm to Early Care Activities in Vermont (Vermont Farm to School Network)
- Recipes Incorporating Summer Produce (USDA)